Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Festus Adedayo

    As Oshiomhole’s cup runneth over…

As Oshiomhole’s cup runneth over…

Who you align with is a major factor in wars. Warriors, both in contemporary and old times, know that if your alignment is faulty, your fall will be as calamitous as Lucifer’s. Warriors thus choose their alignment carefully and meticulously. Take for instance, Ngqika, warrior and one of the leaders in Southern African history. Believed to have been born in [...]

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    WAEC certificate home delivery, Buhari and El-Zakzaky

WAEC certificate home delivery, Buhari and El-Zakzaky

Wherever Can Themba is today in the spirit world, I have no doubt that he sees me as a fellow ecumenical spirit. Since that first day, sometime in 1989 or thereabout, as a second year Philosophy student of the University of Lagos who ‘minored’ in English, when then Dr., now Professor Karen King-Aribisala, read Themba’s The Dube Train short story to us in the class,Themba and [...]

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    Day Ibikunle Amosun met Sango at Koso

Day Ibikunle Amosun met Sango at Koso

Shortly before the 2003 governorship election, then Governor Olusegun Osoba had come on television to address the common grouse of Ogun State people against his four-year reign. He had apparently gleaned security report which predicted his waterloo at the polls. It was a grouse that was ostensibly the river that would shortly drown his ambition to do a second term. [...]

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    Ulli Beier’s ‘madman’ at Aro psychiatric hospital

Ulli Beier’s ‘madman’ at Aro psychiatric hospital

Beier frequently wandered into the Aro Psychiatric hospital in Abeokuta in that same early 1950s, seeking to use art as a therapy to heal its mentally-disturbed patients. On one of Beier’s visits, he had walked into the wards where the mentally challenged were sequestered. Rants of disturbed patients rent the air. He walked through the aisle of the well-arranged beds [...]

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    Buhari, Atiku and the allegory of ‘danran’ and ‘gbafe’

Buhari, Atiku and the allegory of ‘danran’ and ‘gbafe’

As you are well aware, Oyo Empire was Africa’s reply to Eurocentric analysts who claim that democracy as a system of government was a white man’s invention. The empire’s separation of powers, as well as the checks and balances principle operated between the Alaafin and the Oyomesi were so closely defined that no Alaafin, even till today, can underrate the [...]

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    Matthew Kukah and banditry that is Nigerian politics

Matthew Kukah and banditry that is Nigerian politics

Today, in virtually all the nooks of Nigeria, there is so much horse trading and wheeler-dealer approach to politics among politicians. In the political parties, there is a huge rat race for offices that is not likely to be replicable in any country of the world. As usual, the highly advertised dirtiness of Nigerian politics is massively on display. Backstabbing, [...]

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    Osun election as Nigeria’s dirty mirror at 58

Osun election as Nigeria’s dirty mirror at 58

It is a few hours to Nigeria’s 58th independence anniversary and right there, by the tip of our noses, providence is using an otherwise small muck to dramatize the huge rot that is Nigeria. And why, at the risk of being labeled a nihilist, redemption may be very far away from this famous country. The small muck is Osun, one of the [...]

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    Shittu, Adeosun and the NYSC

Shittu, Adeosun and the NYSC

From the look of things, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) may kick-start the redemption in public service integrity that Nigerians have always craved for. Beginning with the whistle blown by the highly-respected news medium, Premium Times, on the dud NYSC certificate of former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the latest revelation about the failure to undergo the [...]

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    Tinubu the Ap’ejalodo and his strange fish friend

Tinubu the Ap’ejalodo and his strange fish friend

There is this story that helped to tame the greed of pre and post-colonial Yoruba society, as well as any tendency within it to play God.  Set in an African village, the story is that of a young wretched fisherman (Ap’ejalodo) who was ravaged by failure.He was unable to catch enough fish over the years to rescue him from the pangs of lack. [...]

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    The Buhari/Punch tango

The Buhari/Punch tango

A very pathetic story which crept into the media a few hours to this weekend suddenly took away the appetite of sane citizens of the world. According to the story, some suspected Fulani herdsmen had beheaded Charles Chrisanthus, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Bare Ward of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State. He was brutally slain on [...]

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    Road to making Buhari the ‘fuhrer’

Road to making Buhari the ‘fuhrer’

There has been a raging debate on what drove President Muhammadu Buhari or what the President drove to the Abuja venue of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA’s) 58th Annual General Conference on August 26, 2018. Don’t get me wrong: the President must have been driven to the event in a long convoy of SUVs, cossetted on all sides by security aides. [...]

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    Nigeria, where impala eats lion for supper

Nigeria, where impala eats lion for supper

One of my favourite channels on the DSTV is the Animal World channel called National Geographic. I am fascinated by the process of how wild animals capture their preys; how a boa constrictor strings itself round a crocodile, for example, muffles life out of it and begins the slow process of swallowing the hapless prey. Fast-forward to another scene: the [...]

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    Tinubu and the penalty kicked into throw-in

Tinubu and the penalty kicked into throw-in

Even among discographers, the exact logic in the highly famous song of Temitope Adekunle, Ondo State-born youth musician who is more popularly known as Small Doctor, cannot be deciphered. Small Doctor had caused a major eruption in national dancehalls when he released that hit song he labeled Penalty. Although delivered in Yoruba, the locale-blind nature of music all over the world ensured that this song travelled [...]

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    Saraki the father, the son; Tinubu and the holy Buhari

Saraki the father, the son; Tinubu and the holy Buhari

It was sometime in 2001. The political temperature of Kwara State had reached a troubling zenith. The godfather and his godson had declared a world war. Swords menaced swords, provoking fiery reverberations across Nigeria. Rear Admiral (rtd) Mohammed Alabi Lawal, now late, apparently egged on by his military pedigree, had put on acts like the Yoruba warriors of old. While declaring [...]

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    Oshiomhole’s tyranny of the tongue

Oshiomhole’s tyranny of the tongue

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    Ekiti electoral corruption and our ‘baa ko daya’ politics

Ekiti electoral corruption and our ‘baa ko daya’ politics

Ekiti State exploded on July 14. Pundits who had predicted an explosion of firearms and blood spillage initially thought that their predictions had gone off target as no blood was actually shed on that day. With the benefit of hindsight however, what pundits probably foresaw was an explosion of repulsive stench. As we speak, the odour from the Ekiti election [...]

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